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Investment Market Update

19 September 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7300.23
FTSE 250 0.4% 20458.27
Euro Stoxx 600 0.1% 378.73
S&P 500 0.5% 2904.31
Nikkei 1.2% 23712.02
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.4% 27463.00


Asian stocks rose across the board on Wednesday as expectations that Beijing would implement stimulus to soften the economic blow from the US-China trade war. 


US stocks finished higher on Tuesday, as investors viewed the latest escalation of the US-China trade war as less consequential than feared. 


UK stocks remained broadly unchanged as of the end of Tuesday, as it is believed that the latest round of US-China tariffs had already been priced into markets.


  • German carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are to face an EU inquiry for allegedly conspiring to restrict diesel emissions treatment systems. The European Commission said it was investigating whether they agreed to limit the development of systems to reduce harmful emissions. if proven, this could mean that consumers had been denied the chance to buy less polluting cars.
  • The merger between supermarkets Sainsbury's and Asda is to be subjected to an in-depth competition investigation. The Competition and Markets Authority said the tie-up "raises sufficient concerns to be referred for a more in-depth review". The CMA had taken an initial review of the deal which was announced in April and the supermarkets have said that grocery prices will fall in both chains as a result of the merger.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,300.230.0%-5.0%7.6%
FTSE 25020,458.270.4%-1.3%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,038.990.0%-4.3%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,790.620.1%-2.1%14.9%
St. James's Place1,096.00-0.1%-10.6%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600378.730.1%-2.7%7.7%
DAX 3012,157.670.5%-5.9%12.5%
CAC 405,363.790.3%1.0%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,904.310.5%8.6%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind26,246.960.7%6.2%25.1%
Hang Seng27,463.001.4%-8.2%38.5%
Nikkei 22523,712.021.2%4.2%19.1%
Australia 2006,191.600.5%2.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific161.920.6%-6.8%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,172.270.5%3.3%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)520.190.5%1.4%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,019.740.3%-12.0%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value218.040.5%-2.7%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth291.780.5%5.4%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,544.29-0.3%-1.2%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks624.00-0.7%-3.7%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.10-0.2%-1.9%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds378.460.1%0.3%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil79.031.3%23.4%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,778.751.2%-8.5%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,764.06-0.8%-11.6%13.6%
Health Care10,420.55-0.1%9.5%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,309.471.0%2.8%6.0%
$ per £1.320.2%-2.6%9.5%
€ per £1.13-0.1%-0.1%-4.0%
¥ per £147.35-0.1%-3.2%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.79-6.5%15.9%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,356.00-0.1%-0.7%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.18
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.26
FTSE All Share Yld4.17%
15yr Gilt Yield1.71%
10yr Gilt Yield1.57%
10yr US Tres Yield3.06%

Market prices will reflect the last closing prices with the exception of the Asian markets which may be still trading at the time the data is obtained. The data for these markets is therefore a snapshot of live trading data obtained between 06.45 and 07.15 GMT. Growth is shown cumulative and is not annualised. A positive currency movement indicates the £ appreciating against the other currency. Performance data does not account for the re-investment of dividends. This information has been reproduced by kind permission of Bloomberg and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of St. James's Place Wealth Management. St. James's Place considers the information to be reliable but it is not intended to provide a sufficient basis on which to make an investment decision.

Source: FTSE International Limited ("FTSE") © FTSE 2018. "FTSE®" is a trade mark of the London Stock Exchange Group companies and is used by FTSE International Limited under licence. All rights in the FTSE indices and/or FTSE ratings vest in FTSE and/or its licensors. Neither FTSE nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors or omissions in the FTSE indices and/or FTSE ratings or underlying data. No further distribution of FTSE Data is permitted without FTSE’s express written consent.

Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used as a basis for other indices or any securities or financial products. This report is not approved, endorsed, reviewed or produced by MSCI. None of the MSCI data is intended to constitute investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind of investment decision and may not be relied on as such.

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